Q&A: Bill and Melinda Gates expand on 3 surprises from annual letter

Thursday, February 14, 2019

By Catherine Cheney

The time is now to ensure women have a stake in their financial future, according to Bill and Melinda Gates. The idea that mobile phones are most powerful in the hands of the poorest women is one of the nine “surprises” the founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation detailed in their annual letter released Tuesday.

Of the surprises they’ve been confronted with along their journey to philanthropy, the Gates write: “Some worry us. Others inspire us. All of them are prodding us to action. We hope they do the same for you, because that’s how the world gets better.”

In an email interview, Devex asked the billionaire co-chairs of the largest private foundation in the world about their views on the importance of data, human capital, and getting more mobile phones in the hands of women.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

data, financial inclusion, gender equality, global development, philanthropy